Torben Qvist leaves ALSO
Torben Qvist, who was VP of broadliner ALSO Group and head of its Danish subsidiary, has resigned for personal reasons. He is replaced by Ole Ecklung as managing director of Denmark and by Volkan Weissenberg as VP in charge of Partner Management.
Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Surface Hub, its new large-screen collaboration device, is available for businesses to order in 24 markets (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States) since July 1. Breakthrough hardware innovations in touch and ink allow Surface Hub to harness the power of Windows 10, Skype for Business, Office, OneNote and Universal Windows apps to deliver a new kind of productivity experience optimized for groups. The unique experience is designed to be just as engaging for people working together in the same room as for those connecting remotely. To meet the needs of a variety of rooms and spaces, Surface Hub is available in two main configurations: Surface Hub 139,7-cm for €6,280, and Surface Hub 213,4-cm for €17,950. Surface Hub delivers the power and versatility of a complete, cloud-connected Windows 10 device along with the simplicity and consistency of a custom interface that is built for shared spaces. The device is designed for anyone to walk up and use, providing an engaging way to share ideas and information. Right from the welcome screen it's easy to start white-boarding, initiate a videoconference or share content, but that's just the beginning. Businesses will be able to draw from a wide variety of Windows apps to put real-time data and business tools at the center of meetings, helping them gain insights and reach decisions faster. By connecting the industry-specific Universal Windows apps that organizations rely on to manage their business processes with an engaging remote meeting and collaboration solution, Surface Hub brings a new level of innovation and efficiency to the way people work. And as a Windows 10 device, the Surface Hub benefits from Windows Update for Business, providing access to the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. The Surface Hub experience is designed around a highly responsive screen built for ink and touch. Both versions of Surface Hub are integrated with optically bonded displays capable of detecting 100 points of multitouch and up to three simultaneous pen inputs, dual 1080p front-facing video cameras, and a four-element microphone array that detects and follows voice to eliminate background noise during videoconferencing sessions. Surface Hub also features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and a variety of ports for easy wired and wireless connectivity options, allowing devices to share content to the screen. Microsoft is working closely with a set of strategic partners to make it easy for businesses to deploy Surface Hub into their organizations in a way that naturally integrates into their existing rooms and IT environments. A variety of companies are embracing Surface Hub, including distributors enabling global reach like ALSO, Ingram Micro, Synnex, Tech Data and TD Maverick (although a detailed coverage has not been unveiled at time of publication), and strategic resellers which bring industry expertise in hardware, software and solutions. In addition, through partnerships with global leaders in advanced control, automation and conferencing systems like AMX and Crestron, and working with innovative design thought leaders like Herman Miller, Microsoft is thinking about collaboration spaces holistically and putting Surface Hub at the center of workspace transformation initiatives.
Two new vendors in ALSO's cloud
During the official presentation of its cloud marketplace for France and Switzerland, broadliner ALSO has unveiled the addition of two new cloud vendors, beside Microsoft. The marketplace thus offers the cloud version of Swiftpage Act! CRM tool as well as Acronis online backup tools. These services are available through ALSO cloud platform in Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
ALSO joins Microsoft CSP Program
Broadliner ALSO is from now on participating in the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. The CSP program opens up attractive opportunities for ALSO resellers to package their solutions with Microsoft cloud offerings. Beginning with Office 365 and Windows Intune, the CSP program will continue to expand other Microsoft cloud offerings, including Microsoft Azure, Dynamics CRM Online, and more. The CSP program gives ALSO a unique opportunity to expand its portfolio and grow its business with Microsoft cloud offerings in combination with other ALSO qualified services that are available in all local ALSO Cloud Marketplaces. ALSO Cloud Marketplace, which is available through ALSO offices in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, enables ALSO resellers to manage their customers' entire lifecycle, from selling combined offerings and services, to their automated provisioning, billing, and reporting. In addition, ALSO offers a variety of value-added services and local support, so that resellers have a single point of contact for all of their needs. Microsoft cloud offerings, starting with Office 365 and Windows Intune, will be available in ALSO Cloud Marketplaces at the start of the second quarter, 2015. Resellers and their customers can choose from various support plans, ranging from self-care capabilities to 24/7 local-language support that is fully integrated into the ALSO Cloud Marketplace.
ALSO reviews its executive board
In a brief press release, broadliner ALSO has announced that Ivan Renaudin was leaving his positions as director of the French office, of reseller LAFI and of member of the executive committee. For all these positions, he is not replaced, although Laurent Mitais takes over the day-to-day management of the distributor, while Bruno Barat, the director of its value division, takes over the direction of sales and marketing, as COO. The reason for this departure is diverging opinions on the development of the French subsidiary. It seems however that Ivan has not completely left the group, but ought to focus on other, unnamed tasks.
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